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Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2008 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FarCry 2 is a showcase for DX10 and what it can bring to gaming if used properly. From their previous testing, [H]ard|OCP showed that the performance in DX10 does not bog down as it has in previous titles. Now they set off to display the visual differences you will see between ultra high settings in DX9 and ultra high DX10. Lighting effects, shadows and antialiasing all show the biggest differences, and though they may be hard to spot during intense action, they certainly
Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2008 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a just a piece of paper and some tape, doctors maybe be able to make a diagnosis for many diseases. While you might not be terribly impressed if House was to pull that trick on prime time TV, it might be more impressive in the middle of a tropical country that doesn't have all those nice modern medical devices, especially if you happen to be visiting there.
There is even a link to the original article in the Slashdot comments if you want to learn more about the processing power of a pie
Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a data pack rat, and can't imagine reducing the size of your absolutely needed data to a mere 64GB so that it will fit on a thumb drive then Seagate has your answer. The
Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Digital SLRs have dropped in price over the past few years, but still remain a big investment. The trade off is ability to use a selection of lenses for different pictures, something that is especially attractive to someone who has a large collection of lenses from a non-digital SLR. A company called Micro Four Thirds System might just have a solution that falls in between compact digicams and the SLRs, giving you the size and technology used in the compact cameras and providing you with the ability to swap lenses. Digital Trends tried out their first offering and were quite
Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SIGGRAPH ASIA, SINGAPORE - Dec. 08, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its intent to rapidly adopt the OpenCL 1.0 programming standard and integrate a compliant compiler and runtime into the free ATI Stream Software Development Kit (SDK).
OpenCL 1.0 was ratified today by the The Khronos Group, an independent standards body with company-members throughout the computing industry. The OpenCL programming standard and associated technologies are aimed at better enabling developers to write vender-neutral applications that can execute on either the CPU or GPU within a system.
Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2008 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 8, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced that
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) has licensed NVIDIA PhysX technology as a
development platform which will be available for EA's studios worldwide. NVIDIA PhysX
technology is the world's most pervasive development platform for physics acceleration in
"PhysX is a great physics solution for the most popular platforms, and we're happy to make it
available for EA's development teams worldwide," said Tim Wilson, Chief Technology Officer
of EA's Redwood Shores Studio.
Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Broadcasters have taken such liberties with High Definition that it is no longer a definition, it's more of a suggestion. Cable companies can't agree on a standard and slap the name HD on feeds that barely improve on SD and Blu-ray struggles as most people have no interest in fixing the video feed so that their TV is actually receiving and showing their movie at proper resolution. Now we have YouTube doing the same thing, calling a sligthly higher bit rate and widescreen support HD. While it is nice that our videos of silly human tricks will be higher quality, unless Google i
Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2008 - 06:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the Tech Talk forum are two related threads that are seeing a fair amount of action. The first asks what sort of mistakes you have seen new users make, which is good for a few chuckles, but is also a great way to help you understand the hurdles that those new to the hardware scene will encounter. The second thread takes a little more courage to post to, as it asks what your own worst mistake(s) were. Together, these two
Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2008 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In case you haven't seen the story yet, there is a new trojan wandering the web looking for unsuspecting Firefox users. Once it gets onto your system, either disguising it's self as a valid extension install file or through a vulnerability that will allow it to sneak an install by you, it starts tyring to harvest your usernames and password for a long list of financial institutions. The Inquirer has heard no news of a fix, but if you never installed Greasemonkey and sudden
Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica is already feeling nostalgic for 2008, so they have started the awards season off early with their 2008 Ovatio awards. (That's a parade for a victorious general, by the way) The best and worst of 2008 are polished up and presented for you, covering the technologies, personalities and decisions that defined 2008 for the tech world. Check it out and see if you agree and be reminded of things you have purposefully forgotten.
Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 11:22 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Dec. 04, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it expects revenue from continuing operations for the fourth quarter ended December 27, 2008 to be approximately 25 percent lower than third quarter 2008 revenue of $1.585 billion, not including process technology license revenue. The decrease is due to weaker than expected demand across all geographies and businesses, particularly in the consumer market.
AMD will report fourth quarter 2008 results after market close on January 22, 2009.
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Perspective's new sponsor, Galaxy Tech, has gone all out in providing us with some gifts for you, our members. We've already given out a GeForce 9500 GT and a GeForce 9600 GT. We're wrapping up the contest with the biggest prize, a 9800 GT, the winner of which will be announced Monday Dec 8th. You don't have much time left so stop procrastinating!
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 03:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Certainly there have been quite a few SSD reviews over the past few months, but as the technology is quickly maturing, it is worth keeping a very close eye on. As they improve, the read and write speeds keep climbing, leaving platter based storage in the dust. For another look at just how far ahead these drives are, check out the review of the top three models at X-bit Labs.
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GTA IV has arrived for the PC, allowing all those PC users who haven't picked up a console to see what all the fuss is about. Eurogamer really enjoyed several features such as the music but what really impressed them was the 32 person multiplayer support. Doubling the maximum amount of participants can totally change the multiplayer experience and a lot of console fans may pick the PC version up for that reason. Read the other features that put a smile on their faces here.
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's official, there will be a Windows 7 Beta disk for those attending the MSDN. Follow the links from [H]ard|OCP to read the official story, as the DVD won't actually be in the bag. According to one source, the DVD won't quite be ready in time, but Microsoft promises to ship to attendees it as soon as it is ready.
Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2008 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There will be a new Eee Box from ASUS available, using a Celeron 220 CPU as opposed to an Atom CPU. The main drive behind this seems to be increasing sales by knocking $50 off the price of the Eee Box. That may not sound like a huge deal, unless you are trying to put together a system on the cheap, in which case the difference between $240 and $290 is a little more important. According to the story on DigiTimes, tossing in an extra $110 will net you a 19" monitor to go with your Eee Box.
Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2008 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thanks to DigiTimes, Phenom fans will know when to plan their shopping trips. January 8th is the first big date, then February follows with six processors. The semi-lobotomized quad and triple core Athlons, missing the L3 cache won't be around until the spring and the dual cores won't appear until June.